WINNING BIKE - Amaury Pierron's Commencal Supreme DH

Amaury Pierron took 2.3 seconds out of Loic Bruni today in Les Gets to take his second World Cup Downhill win in 2019. The Frenchman did it aboard his Commencal Supreme DH 29er. The speed Pierron carried on the high-speed grass ski run turns of Les Gets was a mind-boggling feat of trust in his equipment and skills. Sometimes sliding and drifting with his foot out, Amaury never appeared to be in a precarious situation. Loose? You bet. Lucky to survive? Not really. Well, that's what we thought until we heard his post-race interview below. He actually rode unclipped for a bit and blew his feet completely off the pedals, thinking his crank had snapped.

Amaury's teammate, Thibaut Daprela won the Junior class earlier in the day on a similar Commencal Supreme DH. Amaury was able to check out Thibaut's helmet cam footage to get an indication of how the track had changed. Amaury's will to win was stronger than any other today, his team was completely in sync and his bike was up to the task; a winning combination.

Check out the alloy machine with Schwalbe Magic Mary tires front and rear, ENVE wheels, cockpit and seat post, Chris King hubs and headset, RockShox suspension (he ran a coil shock today instead of air) and SRAM drivetrain and brakes. This high-pivot bike, best known for being a big-hit smasher, also pumped and tracked its way through the relatively non-technical, but blisteringly fast race course with precision today. Well done, Amaury and everyone involved at Commencal Vallnord.

Photos by @maddogboris

Below is a comparison between his Fort William winning bike and today's winner from Les Gets. It's not a perfect comparison for geometry tweaks because of the perspective, but besides the coil shock, we can see that the idler pulley on the Les Gets bike is down and forward, in the slot near the bend of the cage. At Fort William, the pulley was up and back, at the highest position in that slot. The upper shock mount is in the middle hole for Les Gets and the lowest hole at Fort William. The adjustability and understanding to know what to tweak sure seems to be beneficial to Amaury and his confidence on track.

Amaury's Winning Commencal from Fort William

PIT BITS - Les Gets World Cup Downhill

For those wondering about the Women's winning bike. Dan Hearn got to the Polygon pits after the race to get shots of Tracey Hannah's winning machine, but it was already being packed up. Props to Tracey on scoring a win in Les Gets! You can see it in our PIT BITS gallery here.

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